Deadwood casinos can offer chips with radio-frequency IDPIERRE — The chips that poker and blackjack players bet at Deadwood’s gambling tables soon can have radio frequency identification chips in them, so that casinos can simultaneously guard against fraud and track the action by individual gamblers for players club rewards.
By: Bob Mercer, Republic Capitol Bureau
PIERRE — The chips that poker and blackjack players bet at Deadwood’s gambling tables soon can have radio frequency identification chips in them, so that casinos can simultaneously guard against fraud and track the action by individual gamblers for players club rewards.
For those Deadwood casinos that choose to use the RFID technology, the card tables will have special features that allow them to know when an RFID-bearing chip is bet and to record the serial number of that chip.
The table’s sensing device also will know when that same chip leaves the table.
In addition, the cashier booths also will have sensors that log the data when RFID-bearing chips are turned in.
The chips-in-chips feature is optional but will be specifically allowed under new rules that the South Dakota Commission on Gaming recently adopted, as part of preparations for the $1,000 bet limit that takes effect July 1 at Deadwood casinos.
The ten-fold increase from a $100 bet limit was approved by the Legislature last winter.
The change to $1,000 prompted many new regulations including use of pit bosses for card tables that offer bets higher than $100, increased use of video security cameras, and chips in additional denominations of 50 cents, $1,000 and $5,000.
The Legislature’s Rules Review Committee approved the gaming commission’s regulatory changes Tuesday.
Casinos can choose whether to use RFID-bearing chips and also can decide which denominations will have the authentication devices in them, according to Larry Eliason, the commission’s executive secretary.
Eliason said Wednesday that casino employees won’t be able to track gamblers who have RFID-bearing chips on their person other than at card tables and the cashier window.
He said the RFID-bearing chips also can’t be tracked outside the casino that issues them.
For security reasons, gaming commission regulations generally prohibit one casino’s chips being bet at another casino without going through a special exchange process.